The Unibet Open returns to Dublin from Nov. 21-25


The Unibet Open is heading back to the Irish capital of Dublin for the first time in seven years. The five-day festival will start from November 21-25 at the Bonnington Hotel Dublin.

As is always the case, Ian SimpsonFredrik BergmannEspen JorstadDara O’KearneyDavid LappinDaiva Byrne, Rauno “Estonian Jesus” Tahvonen and Unibet Poker ambassadors will be battling it out throughout the festival.

O’Kearney, who hails from County Clare, said: “I’m thrilled that after a seven-year absence the Unibet Open is coming back to Ireland. 2011 Dublin was my first Unibet Open and I’m delighted that another generation of Irish players will get the chance to experience all the atmosphere and craic that makes Unibet events so special. I’m also looking forward to welcoming all the Unibet regulars and Chip Race listeners to enjoy the unique experience that comes with playing in Ireland.”

Lappin added: “Unibet love to spoil their players so I’m absolutely delighted that the final Unibet Open of 2018 will be in my hometown of Dublin. Between the poker, the parties and the craic at the bar, it’s going to be an absolutely amazing event.”

Simpson, who won the Irish Open for €265,000 in 2013, said: “Playing poker in Dublin is especially sentimental to me. It’s where my poker journey started when I came fourth in the Irish Open in 2012. I went on to win the event the very next year, but more importantly, won my wife Emma’s hand in marriage. Having Unibet run an event there is incredibly exciting, as our team is the best there is. Couple that with how much I love the city and the Irish poker community and you’ve got the perfect event for me.”

Unibet Open is expecting a huge turn out for November’s event. Poker is enormously popular in Ireland and Dublin has a rich heritage when it comes to hosting world-class tournaments. Unibet Open Dublin will have a live stream running on throughout the festival with Unibet Ambassador and expert commentator David Vanderheyden joined by special guests to follow all the action from the feature table.

A special €10,000 invitational “Battle Royale” freeroll will also take place featuring Unibet’s sponsored eSports players battling it out for a €5,000 first prize.

2018 Unibet Open Dublin Schedule

DateTime (CET)EventBuy-inLevelsStarting Stack
Nov. 2019:30Satellite Main Event€16520 min.10,000
Nov. 2112:00Tag Team Championship15 min.20,000
14:00Unibet DSO Cup Day 1€33040 min.30,000
17:00Satellite Highroller€33012 min.12,000
18:00Unibet Esports Battle Royale X30/20 min.25,000
19:30Satellite Main Event€16520 min.10,000
20:00NLH Highroller – Day 1€2,20040 min.30,000
Nov. 2212:00Main Event Day 1A€1,10060 min.30,000
12:00NLH Highroller – Day 2€2,20040 min.30,000
13:00Unibet DSO Cup Day 240 min.
16:00NLH Freezeout€22020 min.15,000
20:00Satellite Main Event€16520 min.10,000
Nov. 2312:00Main Event Day 1B€1,10060 min.30,000
16:00Satellite Main Event€16520 min.10,000
21:00Main Event Day 1C€1,10020 min.30,000
23:00NLH Hyperturbo€16510 min.15,000
Nov. 2412:00Main Event Day 260 min.
13:00PLO€16520 min.15,000
13:00#QUEENRULES (Ladies Event)€9020 min.15,000
15:00NLH Superstack Day 1€33030 min.25,000
18:00Unibet Community Freeroll10 min.10,000
20:00Irish Poker€11015 min.15,000
Nov. 2512:00Main Event Day 3 (Final Table)60/45/30 min.
12:00NLH Superstack Day 240 min.
12:00NLH Progressive Superknockout (50%)€22020 min.15,000
14:00NLH Hyperturbo€11010 mins10,000